Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others
, epistles of commendation to you, or letters
of commendation from you?
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
Forasmuch as ye are
manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
But if the ministration of death, written and
engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory
was to be done away:
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
For if the ministration of condemnation be
glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.